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Coroner named tops in Georgia

With nearly three decades in the funeral business, Ted Bearden is rarely surprised.

September 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Issues omitted from ballot

Voters who cast ballots early for the Nov. 2 General Election will need to vote again if they want their opinions counted on two pieces of local legislation.

September 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


State K9 recovery team trains locally

A call went out early Saturday morning that hunters reported what they believed to be human remains in the woods near Gold Creek.

September 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Highway project put on hold indefinitely

A beautification project along a portion of Ga. 400 has been postponed indefinitely.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Pill drop offers secure way to dispose of drugs

SafeKids of Dawson County has teamed up with local agencies to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two soldiers are released on bond

Two of three local soldiers charged with tossing training grenades into a crowd at a Dawson County parking lot this summer have been released on bond.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Board approves budget for 2011

With no public comment in three meetings and little discussion among officials until the final hearing, the Dawson County commission voted 3-1 on Sept. 16 to approve the county's budget for 2011.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Former property owner released from lawsuit

A judge ruled Sept. 14 that the former owner of 152 acres in western Dawson County is not a proper party for a lawsuit challenging the construction of a motorsports park on the site.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


United Way sets goal

There wasn't a dry eye during Friday's lunch to kick off United Way for Dawson County's 2011 campaign.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poultry plant likely culprit for EPD fines

State and city officials say a local poultry packaging plant likely is to blame for excessive wastewater discharge in the sewer system.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Citizens police academy seeking participants

Spaces are quickly filling for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office's annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Government academy enters its third year

The third annual Dawson County Citizens Academy is underway and proving to be as interesting and informative as in past years.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Council names Warne clerk

The Dawsonville City Council voted Monday night to appoint Bonnie Warne as city clerk.

September 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Outlet store seeks $100K inventory

As much as $100,000 in merchandise is reportedly missing from a local outlet store following a remodeling in mid-August.

September 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Service pays respect to missing soldiers

A remembrance service Friday night will pay respect to soldiers who remain missing or were once prisoners of war.

September 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawson BOC chairman receives top county honor

Mike Berg received an unexpected honor over the weekend when he was named the recipient of the Emory Green Leadership Award.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Veteran lawman announces bid for sheriff

A veteran lawman with more than 26 years in the field is the first to announce his campaign to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Two airlifted after collision

Both drivers were seriously injured in what appears to have been a head-on collision on Hwy. 136, just west of Bailey Waters Road in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on Hightower campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson County Relay for Life Saturday at GRHOF

Dozens of volunteer teams plan to put cancer survivors in the winner's circle as they "race toward a cure" during Saturday's Relay for Life in Dawson County.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


K9 teams train on Lake Lanier

K9 teams from across Georgia searched through thick brush, along the shoreline and from boats on Lake Lanier April 11 in a training exercise at Thompson Creek Park.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Student arrested in locker room thefts

A Dawson County High School student was arrested Thursday, two days after he reportedly took nearly $600 from the wallets in the school's gymnasium locker room.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty in Halloween shooting

One of two men charged with aggravated assault in the Halloween 2013 shooting of a Dawsonville man pleaded guilty to the charges last week.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Case of alleged 2012 voting process violations dismissed

The investigation into complaints filed by a resident in 2012 over alleged voting process violations has been dismissed.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Healthcare system plans expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Electronic recycling event set for Saturday

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County worker injured clearing storm debris

An equipment operator on Dawson County's road crew was injured when he was struck by a tree on a job site Monday morning on Perimeter Road.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Farley named deputy tax commissioner

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley recently announced the promotion of BJ Farley as the county's deputy tax commissioner.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Senate makes changes to parole board transparency bill

After passage in the State Senate on the last day of the 2015 General Assembly, the House Bill designed to make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent is awaiting the governor's signature.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville on international display with VIP tour

Dawsonville is among several destinations a group of international dignitaries will be touring across northeast Georgia this week.

April 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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